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    Some of us have defining Christmas moments, that exact time when we realise that it’s Christmas. It can be shopping on Christmas Eve, the first

    2015 Grateful 2

    Tradition is a wonderful thing. It lends a certainty to uncertain times, anchors us in times of change, and wraps us in the comfort of

    Budapest

    My wish this Christmas

    The world is in a mess, a terrible mess. Decisions being made in the hallowed halls of power in one country are affecting the lives

    Wrapping the intangible

    There’s something in the air that smells remarkably like goodwill mixed with the heady fumes of mulled wine and grog. I’ve noticed a subtle change

    A change of heart

    The last time I was in Zurich, some random individual (male) got on the tram and started whaling on me with a rolled-up magazine. It

    Grateful 2

    I’ve been in Ireland since Wednesday and have been on an emotional rollercoaster for most of it. This has been my longest absence in years

    From the archives

    I first visited Budapest in December 2003. Shortly afterwards, I wrote this letter about my impressions. The inimitable DLW, who hoards her correspondence, dug it

    Finally … a decision

    BZs came to breakfast. I told myself that if he drove, I’d ask him to take me to get a Christmas tree. One of the

    Budapest

    Grateful 4

    Christmas is associated with giving – and unfortunately much of what’s given is unwanted, not needed, and a huge waste of time, effort, and money.

    Christmas… again?

    Christmas is just around the corner. It’s not long till December and once the 1st of December hits, it’s fast-forward all the way to Christmas

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